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Tools of Your Trade - #04 Kait Kucy

1. Name and profession
Kait Kucy, Freelance Writer

2. Where do you work?
I work from home and coffee shops. 

3. What inspired you to start?
I've always been drawn to writing and one day, long after I finished my art degree, I realized it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. The internet and social media have created so many opportunities and friends for me that I never thought possible. Sometimes I have to pinch myself.

4. What's inspiring these days?
At the moment, I am absolutely inspired by everything monochromatic, craft cocktails and summer road trips. I've been shooting a lot and writing a lot - both are keeping me moving in new directions. I seem to think only in filmic sequences at the moment which works perfect because I am off to write a screenplay at the end of the month. 

5. 10 words about what's in the photo. 
Fun
Juvenile
Inspiration
Network
Colour
Write
Read
Play
Shoot
Talk

6. What did you sketch in your Mobile Book this week?
I've been coming up with some banner ideas for my secret Tumblr blog and for an upcoming event I am planning.

Check out Kait's work at http://kaitkucy.com/ and follow her on Twitter at @kaitkucy and Instagram at http://instagram.com/kaitkucy

 

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Tools of Your Trade - #03 Bram & Marta Timmer

1. Name and profession
Bram Timmer / Creative Director 

2. Where do you work? 
Wild Forest Inc. 

3. What inspired you to start? 
I grew up in a small town, bordering a fairy tale amusement park called De Efteling, so I was immersed in visually rich storytelling from an early age. What inspires me the most is the ability to go through life and explore it without the conformity of traditional expectations and restrictions. Being plugged into the Internet via a dial-up modem and being an early adaptor of Flash certainly helped pull me into a world of “what if”. 

4. What's inspiring these days? 
Reading about counterculture movements such as the Beat Generation; traveling as much as you can to get exposed to new people and thought; grounding yourself again out in nature. 

5. 10 words about what's in the photo.
Capture
Travel
Multinational
Express
Health
Multimedia
Tools
Narrative
Organize
Beginnings 

6. What did you sketch in your Mobile book this week?
App concepts and iOS game application revisions. 

 

1. Name and profession. 
Marta Timmer / Visual Artist and Designer

2. Where do you work? 
I work at Wild Forest Inc. I also teach at the U of L’s Calgary Campus

3. What inspired you to start?
I first started drawing when I was about 8 or 9. Everything was fun and new and an opportunity to play and develop my imagination. As I entered my teens I turned inward and became reclusive but I lived a rich internal life, which spawned a whole new interest in art and visual culture. I learned that the artist is an observer, often on the outside and looking in, digesting the world and spitting it out, to provoke a thought, to change the world...

The artist’s journey is ultimately about two things: learning how to see, and learning how to show what you see... 

4. What's inspiring these days?
outings in nature
crayons and pixels
photography
the interconnectedness of life
instinct
light
reading
Romanticism, Postmodernism
the subjectivity of perception
the constant chase for that feeling of "flow"
Marina Abramovic
Zdzislaw Beksinski 

5. 10 words about what's in the photo. 
Travel
See
Make
Archive
Eat
Read
Write
Speak
Play
Love

6. What did you sketch in your Web Book this week?
A layout for a new portfolio website. 

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Tools of Your Trade - #02 Jos van Benthem

1. Name and profession
Jos van Benthem / Designer

2.Where do you work?
I'm currently a student at SAIT Polytechnic (the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology)


3. What inspired you to start?
I've loved design for as long as I can remember, and once I started, I never looked back. Other designers have always been an inspiration to me and have been part of the reason why I started a creative education and profession - not only their work, but also their lifestyle and way of thinking. 

4. What's inspiring these days?
I'm just getting started and so I'm still learning a lot. What's inspiring to me moving forward is the breadth of what's out there. Knowing that there is so much to choose from. I know I'll never be bored.

5. 10 words about what's in the photo.  
Industrial
Parra
Netherlands
Essentials
Dry Lips
Groomed
Casio
Modern
Farmfresh
Portfolio sketch

6.What did you sketch in your Web Book this week?
I sketched some website layouts, app designs and some resume mock ups.

Check out Jos' work at www.josvanbenthem.com

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Tools of Your Trade - #01 Shiori Saito

Note: This is part of an ongoing series exploring the techniques and rationales of digital artists. To be a part of this series, contact us below. 

1. Name and profession
Shiori Saito / Production Designer

2. Where do you work?
Sajak & Farki

3. What inspired you to start?
The art-making process of other artists and designers reminds me to push my boundaries and continue to create.

I'm influenced by the artwork of Janet Cardiff, Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli), Eric Carle, Toshio Iwai, Ars ElectronicaNFB Interactive Film series and Video Games. 

4. What's inspiring these days?
The ability to immerse myself into familiar simplicity and comfort allows me to explore and reveal unexpected ideas/connections in everyday life. I love observing my surroundings and that fills my mind with fresh thoughts and fun discoveries. Cats have also been a big source of comfort and inspiration in my home. They gently invite me to pursue my creative process.

5. 10 words about what's in the photo.
Playful
Introspective
Meow
Crafts
Connecting dots
Interdisciplinary
Quick-draw
Nerd
Nature
Organized

6. What did you sketch in your Web Book this week? 
I sketched quick wireframes, a few email layouts, my long to-do lists and a cat face that says "track time".

Check out Shiori's work at shiorisaito.com and follow her on Twitter at @ssai2 

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